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The Top 5 Hair Removal Scams

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In the quest to save a few pennies on hair removal treatments, many consumers have thrown their money out the window repeatedly, spending it on hair removal products that turn out to be ineffective, cheap, and or dangerous. With more and more of these products popping up on the web, consumers need to keep an eye out for scams. Customer reviews can serve as excellent guides to help you pin-point and weed out scam hair removal products. Based on warnings and consumer experience, the products below encapsulate the worst of the worst so-called hair removal treatments:

EPILA Laser Hair Removal System:

EPILA uses diodes to burn away unwanted hair (or, at least, that’s the company’s claim). Unfortunately, many consumers have reported that the EPILA treatment burns more skin than it does hair. Users have written negative reviews across the internet, condemning this product for causing burns and scabs, while leaving unwanted hair intact. So, in effect, you may actually paying $160-200 for permanent blemishes, when you purchase this pricey product.

Painless Tweezers by One Touch:

One Touch’s Painless Tweeze are tweezers that claim to use an electrical current to permanently damage the root of the hair. Yet, no published clinical proof exists that the electric current affects the hair roots at all. If you’re in the market for electric tweezers, you’d save yourself both money (anywhere from $15-40) and time (it takes much longer to use electric tweezers than ordinary ones) just to go to the drugstore and pick up a regular pair of tweezers. According to online reviewers, your results will be the same, if not better. The word may have gotten out about this product, as most websites list the product as “out of stock.”

Finally Free Permanent Hair Removal:

This product uses radio-wave frequency treatments that also lack concrete clinical trials. Advertisers claim that after approximately two months of use, over half of treated hairs did not grow back. Yet, many have questioned the incompleteness of the trials. Treatments that use radio-wave frequencies to destroy hair follicles seem to be just about as ineffective as electric tweezers.

Silk’n SensEpil At-Home Laser Treatments:

While not a "scam" like other at-home products, Silk'n SensEpil's laser is certainly misleading in its comparisons to professional laser treatments. Doctors warn that laser treatments can be very dangerous if not performed by trained professionals. Blisters and permanent scarring can occur if an inexperienced user attempts to use laser treatments on themselves. Over-the-counter, at-home laser hair removal systems like the Silk’n SensEpilTM are growing in popularity because of their fantastic claims (that they are just as effective as professional laser hair removal). Yet, for the most part, at-home laser treatments provide such weak lasers that hair growth cannot be adequately inhibited. Additionally, at-home laser treatments like this one are not for use on face or neck hair, or anyone with a dark complexion.

Nisim Kalo Hair Inhibitor Lotion:

Over-the-counter hair inhibiting lotions and sprays are a quick and easy way for scammers to take your money for nothing more than a bottle of glorified lotion. Nisim Kalo’s products are last on our list because some reviewers claim that the lotion has reduced their unwanted hair. Most user reviews, however, claim that after using the product for weeks, they saw no change in hair growth. Topical hair inhibitors have not been proven to destroy the hair roots, so in most cases, it’s probably going to grow back.

It's important to keep in mind that if something seems to good to be true, it probably is. While it may be appealing to find a permanent solution to unwanted hair growth at a fraction of the cost of professional hair removal treatments, the fact is that in most cases, the claims of the product extend far beyond its actual capabilities. You’ll likely end up wasting money, and in some cases could permanently damage your skin. It is always best to consult a licensed professional when considering the best hair removal options for you. To learn more about over-the-counter treatments and professional hair removal, schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a local hair removal specialist today!

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